Professor Tony Watts

Tony Watts

Position: Visiting Professor of Career Development

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I am a self-employed international policy consultant on career guidance and career development, based in Cambridge, England. I am a Founding Fellow and Life President of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (sponsored by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre in Cambridge); Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby; and Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

I hold degrees in history (Cambridge) and in sociology (York), and honorary degrees from The Open University, the University of Derby, and Edinburgh Napier University; I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A joint-founder of CRAC, I was Director of NICEC from 1975 to 2001. 

I have published a large number of books and articles: books which I have written or edited include

  • Diversity and Choice in Higher Education (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972),
  • Counselling at Work (Bedford Square Press, 1977),
  • Schools, Careers and Community (with Bill Law) (Church Information Office, 1977),
  • Career Development in Britain (with other colleagues) (CRAC/Hobsons, 1981),
  • Work Experience and Schools (Heinemann, 1983),
  • Education, Unemployment and the Future of Work (Open University Press, 1983),
  • Mirrors of Work: Work Simulations and Schools (with Ian Jamieson and Andy Miller) (Falmer, 1988),
  • Educational and Vocational Guidance Services for the 14-25 Age-Group in the European Community (Presses Interuniversitaires Européennes, 1988),
  • Rethinking Work Experience (with Andy Miller and Ian Jamieson) (Falmer, 1991),
  • The Economic Value of Careers Guidance (with John Killeen and Michael White) (PSI, 1992),
  • Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice (with Bill Law, John Killeen, Jenny Kidd and Ruth Hawthorn) (Routledge, 1996),
  • New Skills for New Futures (with Raoul van Esbroeck) (VUB University Press, 1998)
  • Adult Guidance Services and the Learning Society: Emerging Policies in the European Union (with Will Bartlett and Teresa Rees) (Policy Press, 2000). 

I am a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (which I founded and edited or co-edited from 1973 to 1999) and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance; and a member of the advisory boards of several other national and international journals. 

I have lectured in over 60 countries, and have carried out a number of comparative studies of guidance systems around the world, as well as acting as consultant to several transnational action projects. I have also been a consultant to various international organisations including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank.  From October 2001 to October 2002 I was a member of the OECD staff, working on a 14-country Career Guidance Policy Review; this has subsequently been extended through other bodies to cover 55 countries. My recent work has included a project for the European Training Foundation on career guidance in the Middle East, a review of Careers Services in New Zealand, and a review of Careers Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government. I am a consultant to the European Commission's European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, and a member of the Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy.

I was awarded an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours List for my services to education. My passions include my family, cricket, and early music.

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